Saturday, November 28, 2015

Larch Mountain Oregon, Oh, The Views! THE Trip, THE Encore'

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Back to THE Trip, THE Encore' on June 28, 2013.  Yes, the date is correct!  No, we are not in Oregon today, except here on Reflections we can go anywhere, virtually, at any time.

We decided to go have a look at Larch Mountain's Sherrard Point, that has views of nearby Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Rainier near Seattle and Mount St. Helens.

We started out at an elevation of 65 feet, but, with a 10 % grade road, we quickly climbed to 3873 feet near the parking area for our hike to Sherrad Point.

Pretty drive to the parking area:


Believed to be beargrass:

Trail started out this way, level surface, but, going up:

Wasn't long and this is what the trail looked likes, stairs and more stairs.  

The summit, at 4056 feet:

Some puffy clouds hung low enough to cover the tops of the 5 mountains.  And, since it has been so long I won't swear I have the right names with the right photos.  So, I just won't name them.  (LOL)  Due to the low (?) hanging clouds, I could barely make out several of the mountain tops.

Mountains, water, evergreens, pines, bliss:

My fav photo of the day:

In a few days we would move to Packwood Washington to wait out the 4th of July holiday. The only place we could find a campsite at short notice.  The internet connections were non-existent, but, the scenery took our breath away.


Friday, November 27, 2015

University of Georgia Aquarium, Skidaway Island Georgia:: Rolling, Rolling, Keep Them Wheels a Rolling - Winter 2015-2016

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The University of Georgia Aquarium is just a few miles from the state park on Skidaway Island.  We had tried to visit a few years ago, but, we arrive 5 minutes after closing. Stayed on the bucket list, till this trip.  

After paying the nominal fee, we decided on the short walk to the pier first, as the wind was kicking up and it was getting cooler.  Just outside the building, huge oaks, and spanish moss.

Zoom, look how the moss is just barely hanging on.  I am not sure I have ever looked this closely before.  

The pier:

Of course we walked to the end of the pier, the view looking back.

We spied this fella fishing for dinner:

After our walk we went into the aquarium, horseshoe crabs:

Someone has a neat looking home:

A spiny lobster, can get up to 3 foot in length:

And, one of my all time favs, the sea horse.  I have taken a lot of photos of sea horses over the years, they are extremely hard to capture, and have the photo be in focus. This try is not too bad:

The facility is not huge, what a plus.  Sometimes the places we have visited are so large they really are almost overwhelming.  The young lady staffing the building was polite and interesting.  All in all, a nice afternoon.